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Personality Test: Musician Buddy Hall

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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

For 35 years, Buddy Hall has been making people sound better. The owner of Beacon Hill Recording Studio in Dormont, he's toured with the bands Sweet Lightning and Modern Man, and worked with Eric Carmen and Pete Hewlett on the Euclid Beach Band. With Swissvale native Steve Dudas and Hewlett, Hall recently recorded songs for Extreme Music, a company that makes music for movies and television. He's also heavily invested in a promising new Pittsburgh band, Bear Cub, which features his son, Jesse.

Childhood hero and why:

The Beatles. I think I was 8 when I first heard a Beatles song. It may sound corny, but it changed my life and ultimately put me on the path that I'm still on today

In five years, I'd like to:

Be doing exactly what I'm doing now: Working with lots of great musicians and producing records that I'm proud of.

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:

All of the golf courses

If the TV is on at 2 a.m., I'm watching:

Almost any movie on demand that isn't hideous and that I haven't seen

Three people I'd love to have dinner with:

Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Robert DeNiro

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

The roast beef sandwich at Primanti Bros. Of course, it has to be after 2 am

One word my mother would use to describe me:

Probably "tenacious"

My required snack in a movie theater is:


When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A guitar player

Musical instrument I wish I could play:

Pedal steel guitar

My favorite comfort food:


Vegetable I won't eat:


I'm deathly afraid of:

No one caring what Buddy Hall's answers are to the Tribune-Review's Personality Test

TV marathon you could watch all day and why:

"South Park," because it's so outrageous

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

Kennywood Park. What's not to like about Kennywood•

The person I'm most often mistaken for:

It's so frustrating, everywhere I go, it's "Are you Brad Pitt?" Just kidding. A few times in Nashville I was asked if I was Alan Jackson.

In high school, I was:

Bored to death

My most recent eBay purchase:

A slot machine

What you'll always find in my glove compartment:

Tom Tom GPS. I am truly directionally challenged.

If I wasn't a musician, I'd be:

A professional golfer (in my dreams)

The last book I read:

Don Felder's "Between Heaven and Hell."

It's not pizza without:

Mushrooms, onions, sausage

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:

"Forrest Gump." It's such a humorous and moving story with so many life lessons.

My childhood nickname was:


My favorite "bad" movie is:

"Animal House."

My first job:

Dishwasher at Choo-choo pancake

My worst job:

Dishwasher at Choo-choo pancake

My favorite cable channel:

Comedy Central

The song that always gets me out on the dance floor and why:

C'mon, everybody knows musicians can't dance.

Life would be better without:

Government corruption, but don't get me started

If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:

Pink Floyd and Bear Cub

I never travel without my:

Wife, Michelle. We always have a blast ! Fortunately, we enjoy doing the same types of things.

People would be surprised to know that I:

Was pronounced dead in the ambulance from smoke inhalation in an apartment fire when I was 16.



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